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Haldan K. Hartline M.D.

Haldan K. Hartline M.D.

The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1967
Nobel co-recipients Ragnar Granit, George Wald

Physician, Biophysicist. Physiological and chemical visual processes in eye.

"Vision itself is a dynamic process. There is little in the world that stands still, at least not as imaged in our retinas, for our eyes are always moving. The visual system is almost exclusively organized to detect change and motion."


Haldan Keffer Hartline, A Biographical Memoir by Floyd Ratliff, National Academy of Sciences. 19 pages.

His father, Daniel S. Hartline, was Professor of Biology, but a man whose wide interests also included Astronomy and Geology. It was through his father that Keffer became interested in Natural Sciences.

His college teacher of biology, Beverly W. Kunkel, encouraged him to undertake research; his first scientific paper concerned visual responses of land isopods.

He spent one semester with then future Physics Nobelist W. Heisenberg's seminar group in the University of Leipzig, Germany.

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Name: Haldan Keffer Hartline
Birth: 22 December 1903, Bloomsburg, PA, USA
Death: 17 March 1983, Fallston, MD, USA
Institution: Rockefeller University, New York, NY, USA
Award: "for their discoveries concerning the primary physiological and chemical visual processes in the eye"
Subject:Ocular physiology
Portion of cash: 1/3
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